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5 Weekend Musts: MythBusters Tour + More

Thursday, December 12, 2013


You know 'em, you love 'em, now catch the MythBusters live this weekend at PPAC. Photo: Silveira Neto/Flickr

So you’re done with your holiday shopping, right? No? Oh well, there's plenty of time and it'll get done eventually. In the meantime, relax with these festive weekend picks.

MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour, Providence

Sunday  If you love watching Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman shatter your expectations on the Discovery Channel (and let’s be honest—who doesn’t?), don’t miss this live MythBusters: Behind the Myths show where they bring their unique “mind-blowing and mind-twisting” approach to science to you. Bring your family and learn behind-the-scenes MythBusters secrets as well as brand-new scientific knowledge to impress your friends. 7 pm at the Providence Performing Arts Center. 220 Weybosset Street. 401-421-2787.

Christmastime Stories, Bristol

Saturday  The Linden Place Museum, a Rhode Island gem, is getting ready for Christmas this weekend. Actor and storyteller Robb Dimmick will recite classic stories by Dylan Thomas and Truman Capote that get to the heart of the holiday—Thomas’s with its playfulness and Capote’s with its peacefulness. And don’t worry—you don’t have to be a literature buff to enjoy these tales. All ages are welcome. You won’t want to miss this heartwarming fireside celebration. 2 pm at the Linden Place Museum. 500 Hope Street. 401-253-0390.

Whiskey Wonderland, South Kingstown

Have some whiskey with your Christmas spirit this weekend at the Sons of Liberty Distillery.

Friday  All of your local favorites are in one place—Cigar Box, Dave’s Coffee, The Olive Tap Providence, Sweet Cakes Bakery, Rhode Island Soapworks, Jennifer’s Chocolates, and tons more. The Sons of Liberty Distillery will be hosting Whiskey Wonderland, a local shopping extravaganza with free gift-wrapping, complimentary cocktails, and samplings of single malt whiskey. Wildwood Catering has got you covered with specialty tacos if you’re hungry. And stick around for the “barrel-tree” lighting at 8! 6 pm at Sons of Liberty Distillery. 1425 Kingstown Road. 401-284-4006.

Geminids Meteor Shower, Charlestown

Friday  Considered by many to be the best meteor shower, Geminids can produce 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Bring family, friends, blankets, and lawn chairs to watch this beautiful natural display—you’ll barely feel the chilly air. Keep an eye out for the time—right now it’s TBD—and the weather. Ninigret Park. 4807 Old Post Road, Charlestown. 401-364-9508.

Holiday Toy Drive, Providence

Friday  Founded by Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey, The Whiskey Republic is an Irish pub/sports bar hybrid that’s nothing but fun. It’s worth the trip just for the pretty view of the water, but bring a donation for Toys for Tots to get in on Friday! Each toy donation gets you a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Whiskey Republic, and you can enjoy half-priced appetizers and drink specials throughout the event. 6 pm at The Whiskey Republic. 515 South Water Street. 401-588-5158.


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Ice skating

Satisfy your inner child and pull out those ice skates this weekend. Take your significant other or the whole family to the Providence Rink for hours of winter fun! Afterwards, take a downtown stroll to view the holiday lights with a cup of hot cocoa.

2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI.

Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr

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Take the trip to Bristol this weekend to enjoy the festivities. Take a Christmas tour of Linden Place Mansion to see the lavish decorations. On Saturday, Linden Place will also be hosting Christmastime stories with Robb Dim, reminiscent of Christmases past. Also in Bristol is Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum. Be sure to visit and see Christmas at Blithewold, their annual Christmas celebration featuring caroling, music, lights, decorations and more.

Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 253-0390. 

Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI. (401) 253-2707. 

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Holiday Pops

Go to see the world-renowned Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra this Friday, December 13 right here in Providence. The Orchestra will be performing their Holiday 2013 concert, also featuring the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline at the Providence Performing Art Center. Make sure to grab your tickets before they’re gone.

200 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI. (401) 421-ARTS. 

Photo: Marc N. Belanger

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Holiday Gardening

Take a much-needed breather from the craziness of the holidays to try something new. This Friday, December 13, take a fun holiday horticulture class: Demystifying Holiday Houseplant Care that will be sure to cure all of your winter gardening woes. Learn all about how to pot and maintain winter plants, from amaryllis to cyclamen. Registration is mandatory.

Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI. (401) 253-2707. 

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Celtic Christmas

A Celtic Christmas at Linden Place Mansion in Bristol is a multi-faceted celebration that honors not only Christmas, but also the winter solstice. Listen to an array of Kilmore carols and authentic Irish music honoring both Christmas and Pagan traditions. The show will be performed fireside in the carriage house ballroom of Linden Place. Before the show, enjoy a special romantic seaside dinner exclusively for concertgoers at DeWolf Tavern including a three-course dinner and a glass of beer or wine for under $20!

Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 253-0390. 

DeWolf Tavern, 259 Thames Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 254-2005. 

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Newport has been enchanting visitors for centuries, and there is no better time to visit than during the magic of the holiday season. This year marks the 43rd annual Christmas in Newport celebration. Visitors are treated to an old fashioned seaside Christmas as they stroll the city streets. Highlights of this weekend of the festival include The Polar Express Train Ride, a holiday craft fair, holiday lantern tours of Historic Newport, foodie events and more. See the event website for a full listing of events.

Newport, RI. Click here for more.

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Take a trip to Stadium Theatre and the http://www.ric.edu/nazariancenter/" target="_blank">Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College to experience the best in holiday theatre productions. Head to Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket for their showing of a holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” Friday, Saturday or Sunday. On Friday, see the Providence Ballet’s rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts in Providence.

Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI. (401)762-4545.

Nazarian Theatre for the Performing Arts, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI. (401) 456-8000. 

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Winter Solstice Party

Celebrate the impending Winter Solstice tonight at The Marine Museum at Fall River. This great party will include music by the Spindle Rock River Rats, refreshments, a lighting of the 28’ Titanic model, refreshments and more. Get out and enjoy this family friendly holiday event.

70 Water Street, Fall River, MA. (508) 674-3533. 

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This Saturday, Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth is holding their 14th Annual Warm Up for the Holidays Open House. Take a break from the holiday planning to attend the event—it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Highlights of the event include local food samples, vineyard tours, live music, and, of course WINE tastings! 

582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI. (401) 847-3777. 

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Holiday Arts

Enjoy beautiful art crafted by local, regional, and national artisans this weekend at two great events at Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center. On Saturday, attend the opening of their holiday exhibit, “re-Tree.” This great exhibit showcases holiday trees created with recycled materials. After you browse the exhibit, stroll through the Winter Arts + Artisan Fair, also at Tiverton, and even pick up a handmade gift.

3852 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners, RI. (401) 624-2600. 

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